CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy will look to right the ship against Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, but even though LA’s duel with Seattle always has the fans attention, some with the Galaxy disagree.
The two top teams in Major League Soccer since 2009, the Galaxy and Seattle have been responsible for some epic matches over the last several years including a pair of matches in October and November that determined both the Supporters’ Shield winner and the Western Conference Championship.
Given all that history, is the match a special occasion for the Galaxy?
“It’s a rivalry because we’re one of the best two teams of the league,” said midfielder Stefan Ishizaki. “They got the Supporters’ Shield, and we wanted that. Then we got the MLS Cup, and they wanted that. Obviously, this year, we’re hoping to get both. But we have to start playing better and what better time than to do so against Seattle.”
Not everyone agrees, however, as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was quick to scoff at the past between the two teams will impact Sunday’s result.
“All that stuff is in the past. If you’re worried about all that stuff then you’re head is full of a lot of crap all the time. Last year is last year. If last year wasn’t over, everything would be good, and we’d be champions,” Arena said. “Is it a rivalry? Everyone is our rival. Now that Chivas is gone, we don’t have any rivals... .Maybe the team that was in our building was a rival, but the other teams are just games in our conference and our league.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Major League Soccer's finest rivalry will kick off again this Sunday when the LA Galaxy face Seattle Sounders FC.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Juninho's stellar showings agaisnt Seattle.
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CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Friday that injured midfielder Jose Villarreal is expected to be “available” for Sunday’s clash with Seattle Sounders FC.
The 21-year-old left midfielder missed LA’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC a week ago with a hamstring injury, but returned to training earlier this week.
“He’ll be alright,” Arena said. “He’ll be available.”
Arena also chimed in about Mika Vayrynen (calf) noting that the Finnish midfielder “looked alright” at training on Friday.
CARSON, Calif. -- Since 2009, the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC have set the gold standard for Major League Soccer.
Over the last six years, the Galaxy and Seattle have accounted for three of the last six MLS Cup winners (all Galaxy), four of the last six U.S. Open Cup winners (all Seattle), and three of the last six Supporters' Shield winners. All the while, both sides have enjoyed the two highest winning percentages in Major League Soccer.
Ahead of Sunday's clash between the two teams, MLSsoccer.com has provided a breakdown on the rivalry in the infographic below.
CARSON, Calif. -- Like the changing of the seasons, the LA Galaxy have once again found themselves in another slow start.
In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, I examine the Galaxy's record in championship years and the years following an MLS Cup title. To follow up on the article and find out why the Galaxy have been such notorious slow starters over the years, I spoke to Associate head coach Dave Sarachan who offered an explanation.
"I wish I could tell you the exact answer because as coaches, we monitor our training, we think the training has been good and we think that the energy has been good as well," Sarachan said. "What I think sometimes gets overlooked is that every team gets better and every team sets their sights on us, so from a soccer standpoint.. where we've been is pretty good. Along with that, there's always going to be interchanging personnel, we have a few new bodies and we're still adjusting from a few absences from last year. We're not far off, but we're not complete."
Just who Los Dos will face on that Wednesday evening is still up in the air as Galaxy II's opponent will face either Cal FC (USASA), San Francisco City FC (US Club Soccer) or the Ventura County Fusion (PDL). Cal FC will face San Francisco at Kezar Stadium on April 25 with the winner traveling south to take on the Ventura County Fusion on May 19 at Ventura College SportsPlex.
MLS teams will enter the tournament during the fourth round which is scheduled to begin June 16 and June 17.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy aren't hitting the panic button after starting the 2015 season with a 1-2-2 record, but they admit that they're ready to return home after two straight defeats away from StubHub Center.
Last Saturday's defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC extended LA's winless run away from StubHub Center to nine games. However for all their struggles away from home, StubHub Center has been a bastion of success for the Galaxy, with the team riding an impressive 21-game unbeaten run.
Now that the Galaxy are back at StubHub Center for their next two matches, they're confident that they can turn their season around.
"We’re at home and we know what we can do there. If we’re not going to get any points on the road then we need to win every single game at home," A.J. DeLaGarza said after LA's defeat in Vancouver last week. We have to start with Seattle and then Kansas City the week after. These are as big a games as you can have this early into the year."
Juninho, the hero who helped the Galaxy advanced past the Sounders in last year's postseason, agreed.
"Against Seattle is a perfect time to get back on track," Juninho said. "It's the biggest rivalry in the league right now and they have very good players so we'll have to do our best."
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena delivered some good news regarding Jose Villarreal and a pair of other injured players as the club began their preparations for this Sunday's match against their archrivals Seattle Sounders FC.
Villarreal was unable to travel to last week’s defeat against Vancouver Whitecaps FC due to a precautionary hamstring injury, but Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that the 21-year-old is back in training and continuing to make progress ahead of this weekend’s match.
"He’s getting there. He’s making progress," Arena told reporters after training. "The turf [at BC Place] is always a problem, that’s a bad surface and it creates some issues so we have to be careful with certain players."
Arena echoed his comments when asked about Brazilian center back Leonardo who missed out on the match due to a quad strain, stating that he’ll be evaluated prior to Sunday’s game.
The Galaxy boss was more direct regarding Finnish midfielder Mika Väyrynen. The 33-year-old was forced to exit LA’s defeat to Vancouver with a right calf injury, but Arena stated that he believes Väyrynen will be “ready to go” this week.
While none of the answers were too direct, in typical Arena fashion, however, the Galaxy boss is not too concerned with injury news this early in the week.
"The game is Sunday, it's Tuesday," Arena said bluntly. "We've got an entire week to prepare for the game and make those decisions."
LA Galaxy TV crew Albert Lanzillo and Paolo Ferrari chronicled the club's run to the 2014 MLS Cup in a thrilling five-part documentary series that provided a backstage look at the team's run to the title.
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Western Conference Semifinal, Leg 1
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Western Conference Championship, Leg 1
Western Conference Championship, Leg 2
MLS Cup Final
Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane say they must be better after LA Galaxy fall to Vancouver Whitecaps FC
VANCOUVER, B.C. --The LA Galaxy offense put forth one of their most disappointing showings recent memory during last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Against the Whitecaps, the Galaxy found themselves neutralized as the forward tandem of Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes had little room to operate as Vancouver’s high pressure defense limited their opportunities.The Whitecaps defensive strategy meant that goalkeeper David Ousted had an easy day at the office, with the Galaxy’s lone shot on goal not coming until the 67th minute by virtue of a soft rolling shot by second half substitute Edson Buddle.
Following the match, Zardes told reporters that it was time for LA’s forwards to work on their chemistry after such a lethargic showing at BC Place.
“It’s early, a bunch of us left with our national team, our attacking forwards, it’s hard to come back and just get in the groove of it, but then again there’s no excuses we didn’t show up,” Zardes said. “This week we’re going to work on our chemistry, just getting the ball moving. Usually we outplay teams, we don’t let other teams touch the ball, although tonight we let Vancouver catch a rhythm.”
Keane was quick to disagree, however, stating that LA's struggles were simply based on the impressive defense that Vancouver provided in their convincing victory.
“They played better than us, it’s not about chemistry," Keane said. "Tonight that obviously wasn’t there but you know it wasn’t because we weren’t trying, it was the fact that they were the better team.”